Mochache: 350,000 AstraZeneca jabs expected this week

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 00:00 | By
Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache. PHOTO/COURTESY

A total of 350,000 AstraZeneca vaccines are expected in the country at the end of this week in time for the second round of vaccinations, according to Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache.

The PS said that already, a total of 128,859 people have received their second dose two weeks since the exercise kicked off.

The announcement comes in the wake of anxiety among Kenyans who are due for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The PS specifically said frontline workers and senior citizens should take the opportunity to go for the second dose so that the country can have as many protected from the pandemic. 

“We are calling on those who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to go to the place where they were vaccinated so that they can get their second dose.

This in line with the government’s commitment to establish the herd immunity in order to have many people protected,” she said. 

Yesterday, the country recorded 344 positive cases of Coronavirus from 3, 654 tests in the last 24 hours.

The government is targeting to have 500,000 vaccinated in the second phase.  

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe indicated recently that the government had finalised negotiations with Denmark to have the vaccines from the Scandinavian country.

The CS said through the National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) on Coronavirus that 37,918 health workers, 13,673 teachers, 8,958 security officers, 34,269 people aged 58 years old and above including 33,926 others had so far received their second dose.

“As of today, a total of 987, 277 persons have received their first dose against the Covid disease in the country,” he said.

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